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I just bought OE fender flares for an 00' yukon - has anyone ever had fender flares painted to match their vehicle color? I want to see what a price estimate may be... also, should they be installed before painted?
I would do the install AFTER painting, but test fit them first, drill the mounting holes etc. Can't return painted items.
QUESTION: Are they clear? If so, paint the inside, not the outside. It'll last a lot longer that way.
I've painted the flares that are on mine. I had some factory ones that hooked into the side skirt things, but I took those off and put on some stockers from a Navajo, so I'd have flares, but not the lower skirt. I just sprayed it with some Satin black Rustoleum (that's how most of the truck is painted, minus the body itself) so that I could touch it up if needed and so I could pull them off every once in a while to paint them if they had some battle scars. Sure enough, they've got some pretty nice scrapes in them (dang forest ).
Like CaptainObvious said, I'd test fit them, paint them, and then install them.
what about painting the stock large fender flares on the 2000. i was planning on taping them off, then priming, then spraying with some black high gloss spray paint, then a clear rustoleom enamel for protection. any opinions?
I have just painted the 99-01 flares, etc. There are ten main parts, plus the two tiny corners, and the center hatch trim piece. That doesn't include the four running board parts. They can take a while to remove also. Good luck,
We also painted a couple of other small parts, plus the hood. That all took a full quart of paint, a single stage urethane. The labor for the paint prep was easily four hours just for the flares, etc. People underestimate how much tedious sanding there is to do. I don't have much respect for some peoples idea of prep; scrubbing with paint thinner, and done.
BTW mine was for a work vehicle, so perfection wasn't the goal for me. Many smalls scuffs exist in the plastic, I sanded them hard with 220 wet sanding first. Choose base/clear if you can, clear is far easier to finish after cured. Regards,